Grease: Live didn’t soar nearly as high as The Sound of Music, but it walloped The Wiz, based on Nielsen fast nationals.
Fox’s three-hour live performance drew 12.2 million total viewers and a 4.3 demo rating on Sunday night, besting NBC’s The Wiz (11.5 mil/3.4) on both counts. Compared to NBC’s The Sound of Music Live, which did a boffo 18.6 mil/4.6 in December 2013, Grease was off just 6 percent in the demo — yet rated 23 percent better than the Carrie Underwood-starrer with Teens.
NBC’s Peter Pan Live (December 2014) now places a distant fourth with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating.
In Monday morning’s metered market results, Grease Live woke up to a 7.4/11 primetime average, putting it on par with The Wiz’s 7.9/13 but well shy of SOML’s 10.9/18 .
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Elsewhere in the ratings….
ABC | Galavant (2.2 mil/0.6) ticked up with its Season 2 finale, to a best-since-premiere rating.
CBS | Madam Secretary (10.1 mil/1.1) fell 15 and 45 percent from its most recent, NFL-boosted outing. Similarly, The Good Wife (8 mil/1.0) was down 11 and 29 percent. CSI: Cyber however was steady, with 6.7 mil/1.0
NBC | American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World did 4.5 mil and a 1.4.